Re: Kathryn Lindskoog
- Mary asked, regarding the sad news that Kathryn Lindskoog has passed
> Kathryn was the author of several Lewis-related books, and a guestKay was also at Mythcon XVII in Long Beach, CA in 1986. It was where
> at some early Mythopoeic Society conferences. Does anyone know
> if she attended any others besides V in 1974 (scholar Guest of
> Honor) and XIII in 1982 (special guest)?
I met her in person for the first time. Kay and her husband John
spirited me away from the conference for a couple hours to treat me
to a motor tour of the area. I'll never forget that ride -- sitting
in the back of the Lindskoogs' car, my mouth hanging open in
amazement as Kay, smiling over her shoulder from the front
passenger seat, filled me in on her theories about Walter Hooper
and the Lewis Estate. Two years later those theories formed the
basis of her controversial book "The C.S. Lewis Hoax", which was
the first book I ever illustrated.
I'm still pretty stunned to learn of Kay's death. I owe her a greater
debt than I can ever put into words -- she was an enthusiastic
advocate for my aspirations as an artist, always proposing me
to publishers as her first choice as an illustrator. But mostly
when I think of Kay I think of her humor, her boundless generosity
of spirit (especially towards those who were _least_ generous to her),
her marvellously sharp and constantly curious mind, and her heroic
refusal to let her multiple sclerosis stop her from producing volume
after volume of her wonderful, clear, and witty writing.
It was a privilege to have Kay as a friend; I'll miss her.
-- Patrick H. Wynne